Day 1: Exploring the practice, our community and context
::: Frame and welcome
::: Circle check-in
::: Perspective - Four-fold practice
::: Harvesting teaching
::: World Cafe teaching
::: Community news
::: Circle check out
Day 1 unfolds..
SUMMARY OF DAY ONE
We were introduced to the Four-Fold Practice. The stages were to:-
1. Host yourself – be yourself and be the best you can be in that moment. Find what works for you - to centre you, help you achieve a purpose and do it.
2. Be a student – open yourself to learning, be curious and ask questions.
3. Step-up – take leadership to host and to harvest.
4. Collaborate – enjoy working together (and playing) with others as you co-create, share and learn.
We learned about the importance of having purpose in all that you do. We were encouraged to share this purpose, develop a collective purpose by engaging with others to seek out that purpose and to have a personal purpose that matters to you.
Next, we looked at the important stage of Harvesting the material. At the beginning of the harvesting process, we looked at the importance of beginning well:-
Ask yourself – who are we harvesting for and what medium is most appropriate for them?
Sow the seeds – ask/set the right question e.g. how do I lead myself in order to lead others?
Then, we learned about the ten stages of the Harvesting cycle:
1. Being clear on what you need.
2. Planning the harvest – clarify who you’re working with, roles of each, what systems are in use.
3. Preparing the field - build relationships, be your invitation
4. Sowing the seed – pose the questions. This is important especially asking powerful questions.
5. Tending the crop – need to host and lead conversations well.
6. Picking the fruits – how we capture the conversation.
7. Processing the fruits – taking what’s necessary for us then thinking how we distil and share it.
8. Distributing the fruits – how we share information and in what context for others to learn from.
9. Using or acting on the fruit – conversations are only useful if we act on them.
10. Digesting the fruit – important to reflect on the outcome. Did it achieve its intended purpose?
Toke shared a real life example of how harvesting has led to action. There is more detail about the work done to develop and change the EU Commission's approach to volunteering on Toke’s website.
The key learning from this piece was encapsulated in the following quotation - “if it’s about them, don’t have the conversation without them.”
Next, we participated in a World Cafe discussion which asked the question, "Which questions if explored deeply would cause a breakthrough?"
Examples of the questions we generated will be added later.
We concluded that powerful questions result in conversations that matter!
“Sometimes you jump off a cliff and build your wings on the way down”
HARVEST FROM CHECK IN
Participants introduced themselves but, more importantly, talked briefly about what moved them to attend. We were a diverse group from a broad range of backgrounds and sectors; the unifying theme that emerged was the idea of change - of Scotland, of organisations, of individuals and communities.
Harvesting Process Map